AMD's Eric Demers talks R600
The folks at Beyond3D have been lucky enough to sit down with AMD's Eric Demers and have a long talk about the R600 graphics processor's architecture. The interview goes on for seven pages and is filled with discussion about the finer aspects of the R600's design, so we won't even try to sum it up here. However, some questions do stand out, including one that confronts Demers about the Radeon HD 2900 XT's competitiveness in the face of Nvidia's GeForce 8800 GTX and GeForce 8800 Ultra. To that, Demers replies:
Right now, our plan is to target the high end performance level with the R600, and the ultra high end will be covered by the crossfire configurations. Today, the crossfire R600 beats the high end ultra-super-expensive competition, by a significant margin, while being cheaper. For every price point we target, we always try to get the very best performance!
When asked about the public's reaction to the R600, Demers nonetheless confesses, "I can’t help but be a little disappointed that we did not have enough time to get more optimizations into our drivers in time for the launch. . . . We also had some last minute performance possibilities, which is always incompatible with stability, and we did not have enough time to get those tested and integrated in time for launch. . . . The reality is that I expect things to continue to improve and be much better in a few months."